Liverpool Trip


My boyfriends sister graduated on Thursday and her University put on an Afternoon Tea for family and friends who could not get a ticket . We were also able to watch the ceremony live on a big screen which is more of a bonus.

Here is the outfit that I chose to wear, we are currently having quite a heatwave in England which is lovely but I just I had a swimming pool in the garden to chill by. Anyways I wanted something very summery, lightweight to wear but it also to be smart as it is a graduation after all.

TLC for Ombré Hair



My hair has gone through a massive change this month after deciding to have Ombré on my hair, though I'm not exactly complaining as it is totally worth it, right?!

Dying your hair any colour damages it slightly as hair is extremely delicate and you are using quite strong chemicals. Bleach is the worst one to use and the most popular as well to create a lot of looks, it is extremely strong and very potent, if you use it in the smallest amount then it isn't too bad but if it is frequently or you have naturally dark hair and need to apply it a few times in a small amount of time then this is where it creates a bit of damage.

In the past I have dyed my hair a darker brown probably around once a year and this was done myself from a bottle from the supermarket, so my hair was in an alright condition to use bleach. It was left on my hair for around 45 minutes and then washed out using warm water, shampoo and conditioner, the only other product used was a heat defence spray. Where the bleach had been on my hair it felt quite dry and some parts a little straw like, so I came to the conclusion that my hair needed a lot more tlc more often.

I only use conditioner every other wash, I know slap my hands, but for me it adds to the flatness of my natural hair. Now I change my hair I have started to use conditioner every single time I wash my hair, at the moment this is not quite enough so I have reached out for my VO5 give me moisture treatment mask it is far richer than my normal conditioner, so it replaces all the nutrients into the hair. After a few weeks and I am more happier with the health of my hair I will cut down the amount of times I will use the mask as over conditioning can be bad for you too.

The other big problem now is that my hair is extremely knotted when wet, it always was in the past but now its got ridiculous. I've not got my hands on a tangle teezer yet so I am currently testing out my wide toothed comb as it eases the knots out better than a brush with loads of little bristles (not sure how it works but for some reason it does).

These extra steps in my hair care routine is nothing major so I am fairly happy at adding them in, plus it keeps my hair nice and healthy which is the importance here. I'd love to know if you have ombré and have noticed the same problems I have too, or if you have just bleached your hair.



Which Ponytail are you?


Ponytails are very big this season, but then again when are they never not?! You see a lot of celebrities rocking a sleek ponytail on the red carpet, its a timeless look, very glamorous and sophisticated. You might not realise it, which on a daily basis I don't have the brains to think, but a pontyail has no ends of different ways to style, everyone has their own preference. So which is your favourite?
Medium Ponytail 





I never have my hair tied up like this but I have to say I am quite liking this look, there really is nothing to it, I sectioned my fringe away from the rest of my hair and then brushed it all backwards.
Taking a bit of the top part of my hair I just brushed backwards, I backcombed the roots to add some volume and lift, then gathered the rest of my hair and tied a bobble in it.

With a small ended brush I placed it under my hair at the top and lifted it a bit and with the loose ends I added a couple of bobby pins. For something a little different I took a tiny section of hair and wrapped it around the bobble and then pinned it underneath the ponytail.


Low Ponytail




Personally I am not a huge fan of this look on myself as I feel my head is a little bit too big to pull off such a low ponytail. However, I really do love this look whenever I spot a celebrity or someone in the street wear it, they always manage to make it look so polished and perfect.

With my big head I don't like hair scraped flat off my face, so like the medium ponytail I added a little bit of backcombing to the roots for that extra lift, you don't want to do it too drastically as it will look a little silly. Take the hair as low as possible and tie it in a bobble, with a comb gently brush your hair backwards towards the bobble and then pin back any loose layers. You don't have to keep your fringe out if not, it can also be pushed back into the ponytail if you want a really sleek look.


High Ponytail (Pineapple) 




Okay, so it is not quite a pineapple but I like to think that its high enough on the top of your head to be classed as one! It is the easiest pony to do and one I find myself wearing on a very regular occasion, if I am too warm or having a lazy day I shake my head upside down, scrape it all back and tie it up. I quite like how it is a messy feel to it, which is something I like to see in a hair style (I must be going mad) pus it adds a bit of volume to the tail too.

I'd love to hear which style you prefer and find yourself wearing the most, I am on a mission to try out the medium ponytail more often as I quite like the outcome. For something a little different add a French plait to the front of your hair where your fringe is.


 

Elf Brushes


Last week I posted that I had a very exciting delivery from Elf Cosmetics (ohhh it sounds so Christmassy) containing five brushes and a few beauty products. From testing them out a few times my mind has definitely been made up on what I think of them, some products I am a little bit disappointed in unfortunately, but I will stick with them to see if my mind can be changed.

Today's post is a review of the brushes I picked up as I have actually used them quite a bit.

Stippling Brush



I absolutely love the design of this brush, and this goes to all stippling brushes, just the contrast of the small black bristles with the long, delicate white bristles. It is super soft is preferable in a brush as you don't want to scratch your skin and feel irritated all day, nothing worse than scratching your face full of make up for it to ruin. I'm not very keen on using this brush to apply foundation straight to the face, it's not solid enough however if your using a BB cream then by all means it could be good for that. I tend to use the brush to blend my foundation in after it has been applied to remove any patchy areas.

Foundation Brush 



When I took it out of the packaging I was a little disappointed at how small it was, I was expecting quite a thick bristled, more shapely brush but, it is fairly flat and thin. Even though I don't feel it is good for foundation I have used it to blend in my concealer, this way I am not clogging up the same brush with foundation and concealer.

Defining Eye Brush 




This has turned out to be the best brush I own for working in the crease of the eye, I normally use the Real Techniques eye shadow one, but that tends to be a little too big. The slanted angle makes it so much easier to use to get the definition of a darker shade in the crease without smudging onto the eyelid. It is extremely dense so you can really apply the pressure to parts where needed without the bristles collapsing underneath. The only downside I find to this brush is that it feels a little bit harsh on the edge of the bristles which isn't the nicest feeling but it isn't drastic and you do get used to it.


Small Angled Brush 



 

How cute is it?! Okay, so I might sound a little crazy but I just love it and yes that is just down to the size. The bristles are silky soft but very compact which is exactly what I have been hunting down for the perfect brow brush. It has given my brows more definition and works wonders alongside my current brow product, but I would love to test it further with powders and gel's to see how it works. I wish that I had purchased another one of these as it is the exact size brush needed to apply eye shadows under the lower lash line!!

Bronzing Brush




Finally, we have reached my favourite brush of them all!!! The bronzing brush is amazing when contouring, how I have lived without it is beyond me, I have used it every single day. It really is the perfect size and shape to use under my cheekbones, and on occasions I have used it to apply highlighter as well. However, it may be my favourite but it has come up stumps a little with it being another brush being on the harsh side!

All in all I do like the brushes, they do their job and I will never not use them. But, I do feel that the quality of the brush does reflect on the price of them, they are such a bargain of around £2-£3 which you cannot complain at just don't expect the quality of a high end product. If you are on a budget or just starting out to build up your collection, I would still recommend elf brushes.

Have you used any of these products before? I'd love to hear from you in the comments below.


Manchester Vlog




My second ever video is now on YouTube, no matter how many times I say this my stomach does flips, I feel my voice go shaky, my palms a little sweaty and I just want to jump up and down with excitement. Yeah you can tell I don't get out very much.

It was even worse filming in the street than in my bedroom, I'm not exactly sure why I was so nervous last week, nobody could see or hear me when filming, yet I made myself walk down the streets of Manchester talking into a camera like a loser (well in their eyes anyway). I am very proud of the outcome, it may only be short but it took a lot of guts and courage to film and every step I take is a learning curve.

Alongside filming my trip I had to take a few cheeky little pictures of my food (obvious instagram shots), though I have to say I have managed to make my burger look a little bit plastic.

If you enjoyed the video please do give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel, it will make my day :)

Elf Cosmetics Haul


For a while I have been on the hunt to improve my make up brush collection, I don't really own that many as I thought that having the basics would be enough for me. How wrong was I?! I've started playing around with my make up and have the confidence to try and create different looks so I thought it was time to expand my tools.

At the minute I am on a very tight budget so even Real Technique brushes were out of my price range *sobs*, so it was time to do a little research and look much further. Elf Cosmetics has been bouncing around the bloggers twitter feed for some time but it never even crossed my mind to take a nosey at what they have to offer until now. They have such a great website, it was super easy to navigate and had fantastic choices from a range of brushes, to foundations, blushes and nail polishes etc.

On Tuesday I discovered that they had a one day 51% discount offer to celebrate their birthday, this was music to my ears and allowed me to pick up more products than I intended which worked out so much cheaper. Within purchasing the products, I received them two days later which is fantastic customer service.

Brushes:

Flat ended Foundation brush
Defining Eye Brush
Small Angled Brush
Bronzing Brush
Stippling Brush

Make Up:

Lipstick in Fearless
Shimmer in Pink
Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky
Baked Eyeshadow in Pixie

These products have literally just arrived through the post, so I cannot say how well each of these products work. I will do a review of them fairly soon to let you know what I think and include swatches of what they look like.


A Body Conscious World

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Every Summer I am one of those girls that flicks through magazines and goes on online websites looking at images of super skinny celebrities and models on the beach or modeling the latest swimwear range. I have to say that for me and I know other girls will admit that it is very demoralising, I am never going to get that flat toned stomach, toned arms and legs, no matter how healthy I eat and how many times a week I go to the gym.

Ever since I was younger I have always been very body conscious, whether it is my weight, my looks or how I dress and even speak which is ridiculous, no young girl or even woman should have to worry about that and have all that riding on their shoulders, it is the time to go out have fun, be happy whilst young. We live in a body conscious world with critics all around us, whether it is nasty journalists on TV, the paparazzi picking up a little belly fold or cellulite on a celeb or a school bully, it will never leave you.

But, forget that, forget everything, we should be proud of the way we look, the world would not be a normal place if everyone looked the same. It is like our personalities, we don't want to be locked inside a room with everyone who act exactly the same it just wouldn't work.

Back in November, as you might have been aware from previous posts I decided it was about time to make a change in my life, I was struggling in my final year of university, uncomfortable in my own skin, unhappy a lot of the time, very shy and just completely drained. I started working at the University bar and serving drunk students makes you have to have a little bit of whit about you, no good just cowering away in the corner, by self esteem stepped up drastically and I found myself have a laugh with people I wouldn't normally feel comfortable around.


The next step was the gym, my Uni had the cutest little gym which was situated in my halls or residence so I literally had no excuse as I walked passed it every single day. It was quite daunting for me, especially when it was filled with all the guys huddled around the free weights section. I booked myself a personal training session to get myself used to the equipment, what worked best for me and the perfect program for myself.

I have to say I have never looked back since, some days I wake up thinking I cannot be bothered to go to the gym, but once I am there I do fully enjoy myself, I kind of go into my own little world and ignore everyone around me. Slowly but surely progress has been made, nine months has passed and even though I have only dropped down around 4lb to 5lb there is a noticeable difference in my body.
My shape has changed so much, if I look at myself in the mirror I don't particularly notice it, but when I find myself being able to wear little shorts again, clothes which didn't fit me before now do and clothes that are quite baggy on me now, you know something has worked.

I'm no expert on fitness but I feel that I can reassure people and make them aware of how a little bit of fitness can change your life. You don't need to go to the gym, do stuff at home it will work just the same.

I hope that this post has helped someone out there, even if it is just one person. I also hope I didn't bore anyone with how long it is either, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this.




Instagram Update #2


The other month I thought it would be nice for my readers to add a post at the end of every month of a few snippets from Instagram of what I have been getting up to that month. By doing this, I have given myself the challenge of photographing things around me that interest me, are not all "selfies" and what I feel are inspirational.

I hope that you enjoy this post, I'd love to hear any thoughts you have on this.

Hair Tutorial : Curls




This post I something new for me, I am not quite sure how it is going to work as I feel YouTube is the place to do hair tutorials, but hey ho we shall give it a go.

My hair is ridiculously flat and straight which frustrates me so much as I just want to have beautiful beach waves. In my free time I like to play around with different looks, watch numerous hair tutorials to get new ideas. I love to curl my hair but sometimes it takes quite a while as I seem to have a lot of hair all of a sudden, and when I want to get ready I always seem to run out of time to do this. However, for some reason I only curled the very ends of my hair and I loved it, so I thought why not do a tutorial.

How To Create: 

1. I washed my hair and used Superdrug Mousse and Vo5 volume boost to the roots of my hair to add a bit of volume.

2. I dried my hair and used my straighteners to add a little volume by pulling the roots upwards and then down.

3. Then I took small sections of my hair at a time and took my straighteners curled it under.

4. Keep doing this all the way around your hair until it is completed, if you have any layers, curl the ends of them too.

5. If you have a sweeping fringe, take each side and with your straighteners pull them upwards and backwards.

6. Once you are happy with this look, add a bit of hairspray to hold the curls.

7. If you want some volume to the roots, backcomb your hair using whatever brush you prefer and I use the Vo5 backcombing spray.

8. Go over your hair again with some hairspray and you should now have created this look.

I hope that these steps were easy enough to follow,  I hope that you like this look, I'd love to hear your thoughts on it.

p.s. I need to get myself a tripod so the pictures are much clearer for you all